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The Invitation in a Rough Sketch

Teachers study the children’s work the way a literary critic studies a novel, looking for meaning in themes and imagery, and, especially, searching out the motivations and developmental arcs of the characters.
Donna King, Pursuing Bad Guys

“An expressive sketch that is fairly rough invites conversation about an idea. The more precise a sketch is, the more concrete an idea appears. For designers, preserving a degree of roughness is advantageous—the rougher the sketch, the clearer it is that your drawing is a draft in progress,” write Mark Baskinger and William Bardel in Drawing Ideas: A Hand-drawn Approach for Better Design.

They continue, “Persuasion is an interactive art in itself. To really sell an idea, lead viewers toward making some conclusions for themselves and see some of their thinking reflected in the sketches. They need to feel that they helped shape an idea into its final form.”

What parallels might this have with reflective teaching? What is the teacher’s equivalent of a rough sketch when it comes to supporting children’s learning? We love to exchange ideas: please share your thoughts in the comments!

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